1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders Terry Gilkyson, baritone, Richard Dehr, lead, Frank Miller, tenor
Famous Folk-POP hit single during the 50s: Marianne 1957
This was the only top-ten hit recording for Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957 Record Label: Columbia
Hamilton Henry Gilkyson was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in music. In 1949, he recorded Cry Of The Wild Goose, but Frankie Laine recorded a version and had the number one hit with it. In the early fifties, Richard Dehr and Frank Miller, calling themselves ‘The Easy Riders’ were performing folk songs while Terry Gilkyson performed with the folk group ‘The Weavers’. The talents of the threesome as singers and songwriters complemented each other and they became a group, with Richard Dehr performing most of the lead vocals. Early in 1956, the three wrote the #1 song Memories Are Made Of This recorded by Dean Martin with the ‘The Easy Riders’ trio providing background. In 1957, they wrote and recorded their own song about a sand-sifter, it was based on a Bahamian folk tune, and their version of the toe-tapping Marianne became a top-ten hit and a million seller.
Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders's Best 45rpm Single Recordings: